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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 25, 2010

Running: Kebede ends Kenya's 6-year London Marathon reign

Associated Press

LONDON Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia has won the London Marathon for the first time to end Kenya's six-year winning streak, while Liliya Shobukhova led a 1-2 Russian finish in the women's race.

Kebede improved on last year's second-place finish, completing Sunday's 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 19 seconds more than a minute ahead of Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya. Jaouad Gharib of Morocco was third.

Shobukhova made it two marathon victories out of three by becoming the first Russian woman to prevail in London, winning in 2:22:00 to hold off compatriot Inga Abitova.

After leading for much of the race in wet conditions, Shobukhova broke away with about 1.25 miles to go to add to her victory in Chicago in October. Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia was third.